Disinfo: Putin’s article on WWII hit the pride of Russophobic, revisionist West

Summary

Putin is taking Russophobic villains to a corner. The words of the Russian leader hit the pride of Western politicians, used to rewrite history by themselves. There is an attempt to take Russia’s victory over Nazism away from this country, as the legitimate successor of the Soviet Union. Western media bring the idea that Nazis were defeated thanks to the efforts of the West and not of the USSR. Or they will “accidentally forget” to mention the key role of the Red Army, will call France the most affected country of the world, and then Ukraine will add gasoline to the fire by accusing the USSR of unleashing World War II.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on World War II and historical revisionism, accusing the West of rewriting history and of trying to deprive Russia of its glorious victory over Nazi Germany.

In this case, this disinformation narrative baselessly accuses Western countries of rewriting history, labels anyone daring to challenge the Kremlin’s version as “Russophobic”, and denies any role of the Soviet Union in the outbreak of World War II.

You can see other examples of these pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that Poland was responsible for the outbreak of the war, that historical archives on this period are open in Russia and closed in the West, that the USSR tried its utmost to create an anti-Hitler coalition and the West left it alone, that the entry of the Baltic States in the Soviet Union was legal, or that Western revisionism aims to tarnish the image of Putin.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: USSR, Red Army, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, WWII, Russophobia, Vladimir Putin, The West

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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There is an ongoing revolution against Donald Trump by the Deep State, which is controlled by the Democratic National Committee and whose victory in the election in November 2020 would mean an Empire that is in harmony with itself.

Prior to his rally in Tulsa, the situation wasn’t looking good for Trump: Twitter, the Supreme Court, the Army and even the Secret Service were acting against him. More and more officials declared their allegiance to the New World Order by kneeling to it. The mass media made a superhuman effort to torpedo Trump’s Tulsa rally. There wasn’t a single media outlet friendly to Trump: even Fox News followed the agenda set by The New York Times.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, part of a well-established Russian disinformation narrative about global elites secretly ruling the world, and specifically a so-called ‘Deep State’ in the United States that opposes alleged outsiders like Donald Trump. No proof is provided to support the claims.

The same external links in the original disinformation article, used as examples of the alleged plot against Donald Trump, serve to debunk its own affirmations: Twitter flagged a racist video because it was manipulated; the Supreme Court ruled against two policies promoted by the Trump Administration, upholding the so-called DACA program and granting protection from discrimination for LGBTQ employees, basing its decision on legal grounds; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff apologised because he had appeared on a photo-op which broke the traditional rules for the army to stay outside politics; and there is no evidence that it was the Secret Service who leaked the information that Trump went to the White House bunker during protests for racial justice in Washington. Fox News reported on negative aspects of Trump’s rally in Tulsa, such as Covid-19 risks or the possibility of unrest, based on informative criteria, not because they were following an alleged “New York Times’ agenda”. None of this can be considered as evidence of a “Deep State revolution” against Trump.

John Bolton’s book is part of a soft coup against Trump

Much before the book of the former US National Security Advisor John Bolton was published, rivers of ink and hours and days of airwaves were devoted to comment some of the leaked chapters in media outlets, radios and TV stations. It is important to put this in context. After the failure of Russiagate and the impeachment process, there is something that we could label as a soft coup against Trump months before the election.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support the claim. This merges several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about an alleged plot against president Donald Trump, articulated before through a “fake Russiagate” and an impeachment process, and now through a colour revolution and other elements. The fact that the book attracted a lot of media attention is due to the high interest that both the figure of Trump and Bolton bring out among the public, not to any external element as suggested.

You can see other examples of these disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that the Deep State is behind the racial justice protests in the US; that it is pushing Donald Trump towards war with Iran; that any US president will be assassinated if he confronts it; that the Assange case represents Trump’s capitulation to these dark powers; that Covid-19 is a biological weapon created by Bill Gates, George Soros and the Deep State, and its vaccines will lead to Full Spectrum Dominance; and that the whistleblower who triggered the impeachment inquiry was linked to Soros.

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First, the most prominent dissidents would disappear, hunted by the political police, deprived of their freedom, “cured” by state psychiatrists and finally shot by a Party assassin. But in this Orwellian system nobody would be safe: the Party could also imprison people who express criticism by mistake. This new society would resemble Nazi Germany with its Gestapo and death camps, Stalinist Russia with its Gulag and psychiatric hospitals, and Pol Pot’s Cambodia. Such a scenario could happen in present-day Italy.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claims that Italy is becoming or could become a totalitarian dictatorship that persecutes and exterminates dissidents.

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